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Thursday, August 15, 2013

F/T - V.P. & Dir. of Library, NY Hist'l Soc (NY)

Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, NY Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society seeks an experienced, innovative, and dynamic leader to be Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.  Reporting directly to the President and CEO of the Historical Society, the Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library provides leadership for the Library and directs a staff of 24 full-time and 7 part-time employees.
The Vice President and Library Director provides leadership in the following areas:
  • Oversees and works closely with library managers on short- and long-term planning;
  • Participates in N-YHS senior staff meetings and activities, including institutional strategic planning;
  • Works closely with the chair of the library committee of the board of trustees;
  • Works with the CEO and CFO to develop the Library annual budget;
  • Represents the Library at all institution-wide meetings, committees and events, both on- and off-site;
  • Represents the Library at local and national meetings and conferences;
  • Spearheads fundraising activities for the Library and participates in fundraising for the institution;
  • Anticipates and responds to new trends in library services and new methods of research;
  • Promotes the use and preservation of the Library’s collections and oversees collection development;
  • Builds relationships with the Library’s users, including scholars and faculty at academic institutions in and around New York City; and
  • Develops relationships with the antiquarian book trade and with private collectors to enhance the Historical Society’s collections.
  • An MLS from an ALA-accredited program; or a PhD in a field consistent with the Library’s collections;
  • An outstanding record of accomplishment in librarianship and/or academia, with 10-15 years of progressively responsible management experience in an academic or research library;
  • Skill and effectiveness as a fundraiser with a proven track record of writing successful grant proposals;
  • Strong leadership management and team building skills, including the ability to mentor, motivate, set goals, delegate, and monitor effectiveness;
  • Ability to communicate knowledge and enthusiasm for the Library collections to all constituencies, both internal and external.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and a strong public service orientation; and
  • Public presence and energy;
  • Experience in the field of Library special collections and appreciation for historical and primary source materials.
For consideration please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to In the subject line please reference the job title.  The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.